Jobs are the lifeblood for national economies and family budgets. The search for economic opportunity often drives people to move around the globe. The most educated and highly skilled workers are in demand, and immigration policies often reflect that priority. Less skilled would-be immigrants, however, are often subject to tighter restrictions – even in nations where native citizens refuse to take on harvesting, construction, cleaning or other difficult tasks. Advanced technology reduces the need for labor; employers also rely on outsourcing, contract workers and the internet for digital work, including tax preparation, X-ray analysis or graphic design. Nations fiercely compete for jobs while multinational corporations reduce labor costs to increase profits.

The Quest for Green Jobs

Global supply chains in solar panels cut costs, add jobs and limit pollution
Doaa Abdel Motaal
June 27, 2013

Limits of Saudi Oil Power

Oil competition, dependence on immigrants, high unemployment put Saudi Arabia at risk
Fahad Nazer
May 30, 2013

The Promise of Africa

Young, vibrant African leadership rises despite many challenges
Ian Shapiro
May 23, 2013

Can Global Supply Chains Be Accountable?

After Dhaka factory collapse, consumers could insist on safe workplaces
Jerry Davis
May 16, 2013

China Targets Greenland for Mining

Countries with mineral wealth can’t expect job bonanza
Will Hickey
April 18, 2013

Experimenting on Good Governance in Latin America

EU Association Agreement aims for trade integration and citizen security in Latin America
Humphrey Hawksley
April 3, 2013

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How Can We Tackle Abuse in the Global Garment Industry?

Unions strive to increase minimum wage and improve working conditions
Alice Evans
November 24, 2016

China's Shrinking Workforce Affects Economic Transition, Expert Says

Size of China’s workforce declines for three straight years, and could delay shift to service economy
Coco Feng
November 23, 2016

In Your Phone, In Their Air

Demand is growing for lithium batteries, and pollution infiltrates Chinese villages with graphite factories
Peter Whoriskey
October 28, 2016

Hawaiian Seafood Caught by Foreign Crews Who Are Confined on Boats

US laws permit harsh conditions, low wages and crews of undocumented workers
Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason
September 16, 2016

Despite Fears, Mexico's Manufacturing Boom Lifts US Workers

US multinationals hire an extra 250 US workers for every 100 hired in Mexico
Natalie Kitroeff
September 2, 2016

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